Madeline Perdue Dies at 91

On January 6, 2012, in Industry Notes, by Maggie Ernst

Madeline Godfrey Perdue, former wife of the late Frank Perdue and mother of Jim Perdue, died in her home on December 28 at the age of 91.

Madeline married Frank Perdue in 1941, who she met while attending Salisbury State Teacher’s College (now Salisbury University).  They were married for 35 years, although she continued to work alongside Frank and his father, company founder, Arthur Perdue, after they divorced.  She managed payroll, served as corporate secretary, and worked in the hatchery, even delivering baby chicks to local farms.  She also played a vital role in shaping the Perdue legacy at Salisbury University, serving as a Perdue representative during ceremonies for the various buildings and endowments supported by the company.

“She died as she lived, surrounded by her family, Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, said.  “She was a farm girl, golfer, wife, mother, matriarch, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived a wonderful life and will be missed by all.”

Madeline is survived by three daughters, one son, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Madeline Perdue Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 766, Salisbury, Maryland 21803.